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Under the Rainbow Wins Award at Vancouver Queer Film Festival

We’re very pleased to announce that our very first film to be shown in a film festival, Under the Rainbow, has won the jury selected Gerry Brunet Memorial Award for Best BC Shot Film at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival!

Under the Rainbow, produced by the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition, is a documentary about how poverty affects queer and trans youth in British Columbia. The film follows the life of Shawnee, a queer high school student facing family rejection, hunger, and homelessness. After being thrown out of her home, she finds herself couch-surfing with strangers and living a life of daily insecurity and vulnerability. And her story is not uncommon: one in four queer and trans youth are forced out of their homes.

Rates of poverty in BC are the highest in Canada, and the issue affects queer youth disproportionately. Through Shawnee’s story and insights from service providers and researchers, we gain insight into the root causes and high incidence of poverty amidst queer and trans communities in BC.

We are very honoured to have been a part of the project and to have been recognized with the Gerry Brunet Memorial Award.

 To learn more about the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition, visit their website at: http://bcpovertyreduction.ca

Shortt and Epic’s Founder and Creative Director Dave Shortt accepting the Gerry Brunet Memorial Award

Shortt and Epic’s Founder and Creative Director Dave Shortt accepting the Gerry Brunet Memorial Award

 

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Shortt and Epic Marks First Year Anniversary

I want to thank you.
 
Whether you’re a client who shared Shortt and Epic’s vision, a family member who believed in me, a friend who offered sound advice, or someone who liked Shortt and Epic’s Facebook page – you helped make the first year in business a great one and I feel so fortunate to have had so much support. 
 
It’s hard to believe it has been one year since the launch of Shortt and Epic. And what a year it’s been!  Three viral videos, two honors, numerous news articles, and over 1 million views later, we’ve already outgrown our website.
 
To mark Shortt and Epic’s one year anniversary we’re launching a new website. A website that not only looks better, but is also easier to use. It now looks great regardless of what device it’s on – be it mobile, tablet or desktop. Visitors can filter our work based on different categories such as time lapse and live action. And we’ve added a blog section so we have a place to share our and our clients’ successes. Let us know what you think.
 
I’m looking forward to another great year. We already have several very exciting projects lined up and we can’t wait to create more magic.  
 
Happy Holidays,
 
Dave Shortt
Owner and Founder of Shortt and Epic

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Apple uses Shortt and Epic’s Tahoe video to launch iPad mini

We were honored when Apple contacted us in July with the hopes of using our Tahoe time lapse in their upcoming, top-secret product launch. Three months later, that top-secret product turned out to be the new iPad mini.

Apple used the video to demonstrate the quality of retina screen technology during its keynote address and in their official product video on their website. Since its launch in December 2011, the 2 min Tahoe time-lapse has been viewed over 250k times and was selected as a Vimeo Staff Pick.

Watch the original TAHOE video here

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Shortt and Epic on the cover of Huffington Post Canada

Shortt and Epic’s work for the Dogwood Initiative garnered significant attention from local and national media, including the front page of Huffington Post Canada. 

The 2 minute video, titled  ‘*This is not an Enbridge animation‘, made waves by highlighting Enbridge’s omission of islands in the Douglas Cannel – the proposed tanker route for the Northern Gateway. 

The video uses stunning time lapse video to show the actual locations of the proposed pipeline. “The idea was to show the reality of what’s at risk while deconstructing Enbridge’s misleading approach” said Shortt and Epic Owner, Dave Shortt.

 Since its launch in August,  the video has been viewed by over 60k people, resulted in 5000 new petition signatures, earned a Merit through the Lotus awards and won People’s Choice award at the Paws and Claws Film Festival.

 See the full Huffington Post article here.

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